A second generation abstract Expressionist, he spent most of his career in South Texas, and became best known for his shaped abstract painting, based on classical myths. Hailed as a pioneer in abstract art in San Antonio, he influenced many as an artist and a teacher.Rowe was born in 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Princeton University, with a major in Spanish Literature. He also attended the Art Students League in New York and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Instituto Allende of the University of Guanajuato, Mexico.
In 1964, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, and became head of the faculty at the San Antonio Art Institute. Rowe also served as chairman of the exhibition committee at the Witte Museum.
He married fellow artist Jan Tips in 1970.
Selected Exhibitions:Reginald Rowe died in June of 2007, after he had become lost and dehydrated walking his dog near his property in Blanco, Texas.
San Miguel Allende, Mexico, 1960
Witte Museum, 1968
Dallas Museum, 1969
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1971
McNay Museum, 1996 (solo retrospective)
San Antonio Express News, June 16, 2007